Not only does today’s feature have great talent that drew me in instantly, the name had me popping out of my seat. You see my very favorite private art teacher was of the same last name. I am not sure what I learned from him. Of course I learned the basics of art, how I am not sure since I was completely head over heels for him. You know, the kind of school girl crush that has you stealing glances, giggling and unable to focus on anything more then silly day dreams. Sanchezisms art however too is a day dream. Wonderful work that leaves me dreaming. A husband and wife duo, I think you will find their answers highly interesting as we hear commentary from each. So, pull up a chair, sit back and get ready for a great read!
1. Can you tell me your name and a little about yourself and your studio/creative space?
Steve: My Name is Stephen Sanchez. I believe that a true artist’s creative space is in the mind. Through vision and creative thinking processes. It is separate from the place that we bring our vision to reality. Our Studio is the place where we put our assumptions to the test. A corner in a room, the pavement on a sidewalk, a wall in a child’s bedroom. All of which are places I feel can be as special a studio as any place. A place where we are not limited to standards or guidelines as they are what stifle creativity. While at the same time standards and guidelines breed creativity for those who chose not to color inside the lines.
Kellie: My name is Kellie Sanchez and I am a self taught glass artist and crafter. I have loved drawing and creating things since I was very little. I have done a variety of mediums through the years, from acrylic painting and wall murals to ceramics to Ukrainian eggs, and now glass. I love mediums that are challenging and unforgiving. My studio has always been a desk located somewhere near the center of the family living area. right now, the entire bottom floor of our house is our studio. We have equipment and working areas located in every room.
2. If there is one thing that defines you, what is it?
Steve: Surrealism. To take something that is very real and twist it. Stretch it. Smash it. Taste it. Feel it. Even become one with it. I have always fancied people who look at the glass half full or half empty but question the energy that surrounds the glass and the way people analyze it to begin with. Glass is malleable, hard, cold, hot, sharp, soft, clear, opaque, fluid and most of all, what it does with light can not be compared to anything other than sunsets and sunrises that we see through water in our atmosphere which plays a very similar role to crystal clear glass. Truth is we have only scratched the surface of what glass can do and we are having a total blast exploring our way ever forward.
Kellie: OCD. Obsessive compulsive disorder that i have taken ot a highly functional level LOL! Everything that has ever piqued my interest became a challenge that I had to master. Not just to do it, but to do it well. I can multi task like a fiend, but also stay focused on one thing until I feel that I am as good as I'm going to get at that particular subject.
3. Do you have a family and if so what role does your family play in your art?
Kellie: I have 4 kids of my own and 2 step children. My kids love my art, and a couple of them inherited my artistic ability. But it is my husband that pushes me to do whatever it is that I am learning better. He knows how to motivate and inspire me. It certainly helps that he is an incredible artist himself, with not only natural talent, but he has formal art training where I do not. He teaches me a lot.
4. Where do you live and what is it like?
5. Where did you learn your medium?
Kellie: I am self taught in everything I've ever done. Witht he glass, my husband bourght home a microwave kiln and some glass scraps about a year ago. I reserched fused glass on the Internet and just took off from there.
6. What are your goals with your work?
Kellie: To create or develop a technique that not many other artists do. I hope to stand out on my own and to be respected in the artistic community as a good artist.
7. How did you come to selling online?
Kellie: Being a computer geek by day, I have been buying and selling on the internet since before Bill Gates created Internet Explorer. I ran a small community bulletin board where I programmed ASCII online games and sold "subscriptions" to the bulletin board back in 1990. I was also very active, mainly as a buyer, on EBay since 1995. LOL, my PayPal account is older than many of the kids online now!
8. Where all do you sell?
Kellie: We have Crystal Prisms in the Nevada city Crystal and Glass store in downtown Nevada City, hoping to branch out to more brick and mortar stores soon. We have our own domain and website. I also maintain active shops on both Etsy and ArtFire.
9. What is the best piece of advice you can give other artists?
Kellie: Patience and practice, practice, practice. Something that we keep telling our kids that are artistically talented. Keep practicing and learning. Don't be afraid to try new things, techniques, materials. Learn from your mistakes. I keep mine around to remind me of what not to do, or WHY that particular technique didn't work.
10. Why do you think that buying and selling handmade products benefits society?
When you buy something handmade, you are actually buying a piece of the community from which it came. Before industrialization, everything was handmade. Some people where naturally better at making some things than others. But everything was made because it was needed or wanted. If you wanted to be warm at night, you needed a quilt. If you were much better at training horses than sewing, you bought or traded for your quilt from the person down the way that just loved making quilts. Homemade items also come with their own history and story, making it more personal. Buying handmade connects us indirectly and directly in a way that mechanical mass production items just can't.
11. Your shop name and link?
Mystic Prism is the name of our studio and business. http://www.crystalbymysticprism.com/ is our main website. I am in the process of creating our Mystic Prism Studio page, but not yet ready to advertise it yet. Our personal portfolios of previous work is on line at http://www.sanchezism.com/